It is that time of year when a new crop of athletes begins to receive its first round of college scholarship offers. In some cases those offers are blanket offers for programs to get their hat in the ring for talented players. However, an offer to an in-state prospect from an in-state program is worth taking notice and that is exactly the type of offer that Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson defensive end Trent Taylor received recently.
"I was offered by Miami," Taylor said on Thursday. "I got it last week. I was real surprised. I didn't think I'd get one from them. The only thing I had really gotten from them was questionnaires."
As an in-state prospect, Miami is a school that Taylor had always followed.
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"I always liked Miami," he said. "Ever since I was small. I rooted for them when I was younger."
Among the other schools that have been active in sending Taylor mail, Florida State, LSU and California are the three that he seems to be getting the most interest from. Taylor has been helped by having a couple of other upperclassmen with serious recruiting attention in three-stars Errin Joe and Remi Watson, both class of 2011 prospects with several offers.
To his credit though, Taylor has done plenty to spark attention on his own.
"Last year was a good year," he said. "I had the most tackles on my team but I'm trying to get more this year."
This year his goal is to add to his 93 tackles and 7 sacks from last season. He wants to top the 110 mark for tackles and get at least 12 sacks. Already his team is off to a strong start to the season, topping George Jenkins High School in week one.
Taylor considers his pass rushing skills his top quality on the field. With speed and strength at 6-3, 245 pounds, Taylor is a strongside defensive end with a lot of upside.